Sections 39 thru 42

Read Doctrine and Covenants sections 39 thru 42

Sections 39, 40, and 41

Why did the Lord give these two revelations--sections 39 and 40? (See headings of both sections)

Definition of a "disciple" (41:5)

Section 42
"The Law of the Church"

Missionaries should work in companionships and teach principles contained in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon (6-7,12-13)

There must be order in the church, to avoid false preachers (11)

What is "the fulness of the gospel"? (12)

"The fulness of the gospel consists in those laws, doctrines, ordinances, powers, and authorities needed to enable men to gain the fulness of salvation. Those who have the gospel fulness do not necessarily enjoy the fulness of gospel knowledge or understand all of the doctrines of the plan of salvation. But they do have the fulness of the priesthood and sealing power by which men can be sealed up unto eternal life. The fulness of the gospel grows out of the fulness of the sealing power and not out of the fulness of gospel knowledge.

On the other hand, the preparatory gospel is a lesser portion of the Lord's saving truths, a portion which prepares and schools men for a future day when the fulness of the gospel may be received, a portion which of itself is not sufficient to seal men up unto eternal life or assure them an inheritance in the celestial world. ...

Our revelations say that the Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the gospel. This is true in the sense that the Book of Mormon is a record of God's dealings with a people who had the fulness of the gospel, and therefore the laws and principles leading to the highest salvation are found recorded in that book. In the same sense the Bible and the Doctrine and Covenants contain the fulness of the gospel.

As President John Taylor expressed it, the scriptures "are simply records, histories, commandments, etc. The gospel is a living, abiding, eternal, and unchangeable principle that has existed co-equal [i.e. coeval] with God, and always will exist, while time and eternity endure, wherever it is developed and made manifest." (Gospel Kingdom, p. 88.) The fulness of the gospel cannot be preserved in the written word. The scriptures bear record of the gospel, but the gospel itself consists in the power of the priesthood and the possession of the gift of the Holy Ghost."   (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.333)

. So, what is the difference between "fulness of the gospel" and "fulness of gospel knowledge"?

Several ancient commandments reiterated for our dispensation:  (18-27,40-42)

Obedience to the Lord is a demonstration of love (29)

Remember the poor by consecrating properties for their support, and do this by means of a unbreakable covenant (30-31)

Video: Fundamental Principles of the Law of Consecration and Stewardship (YouTube - 2021)

Administration to sick persons with or without faith to be healed (43-44,48-52)

Weep for those who die (45-47)

The Lord states what kinds of revelation are likely to be given us, if we ask them in faith (61)

Bishoprics were originally supposed to be remunerated (71-73)

Every person who belong to the church of Christ will obey the law (78)

How to deal with personal offenses (88-92)

Bro. Martins' Essays:

Questions for Review

1. According to Elder Bruce R. McConkie, what is the "fulness of the gospel"? (42:12; Lecture Notes)

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